2018 Provost's Lecture Series
#MeToo, Stony Brook Series
November 7: Patricia Richards
Sexual Harassment and the Construction of Knowledge: The Case of Ethnography
Co-Sponsors: Concerned Women of College of Arts and Sciences; Center for the Study of Inequality, Social Justice and Policy; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; Department of Sociology; Department of History; The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
Abstract: It is not uncommon for women researchers to experience sexualized interactions, sexual objectification, and harassment as they conduct research. Nevertheless, in ethnographic research, these experiences are often left out of ethnographers’ “tales from the field” and remain unaddressed within our discipline. Drawing from over 50 interviews and analysis conducted together with Dr. Rebecca Hanson (University of Florida), I will use women’s experiences with harassment in the field to interrogate the epistemological foundations of ethnographic methodology, examining three “fixations” of contemporary ethnography that inform understandings of and reactions to harassment in the field. These fixations are solitude, danger, and intimacy. Our data show that these fixations not only put researchers in danger but also have implications for the construction of ethnographic knowledge. They contribute to silence surrounding sexual harassment, and are motivated by and reproduce androcentric norms that valorize certain types of fieldwork. This case study of harassment in the context of ethnographic fieldwork indicates the urgent necessity for antiracist feminists to take control of the means of intellectual production in order to transform the academy.
Wednesday, November 7, 1:00-2:30 pm, Humanities Building, Room 1008
October 12: Jeremy Jackson
Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises
Abstract: Jackson will discuss highlights from his new book with journalist Steve Chapple about major environmental challenges in America today due to climate change, mismanagement, and corruption and the highly encouraging practical solutions that are beginning to catch on. He will focus on American agriculture, drowning coasts, and the ways that climate change and extreme weather are exacerbating decades of chronic mismanagement of natural resources. The story begins in the vast Iowa GMO cornfields that produce mostly ethanol no one needs at the expense of massive soil erosion, nutrient runoff, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes, and poisoned drinking water: then down to the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana coast that is disappearing underwater at the rate of a football field an hour so that New Orleans will be an island with terra firma far to the north. Chronic drought in the southwest, increasingly extreme flood rainstorms moving east, and stronger hurricanes threaten agricultural systems nationwide and coastal cities all along the East and Gulf Coasts. Jackson will discuss what to do to alleviate or adapt to most of these challenges and the resources to do so. The lecture will conclude with examples of local, state, and private sector initiatives that are beginning to turn things around in spite of the current political administration.
Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm, Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Hall 001
October 23: Ken Langone, with Roberto Mignone
A Conversation with Ken Langone, CEO of Invemed and Co-Founder of Home Depot
Roberto Agostino Mignone
is the Founder and Managing Partner of Bridger Management LLC, a multi-billion dollar
investment management firm specializing in long-term equity strategies, since 2000.
Prior to Bridger Management, Mr. Mignone co-founded and served as a partner of Blue
Ridge Capital LLC from 1996 to 2000, an investment management firm with specialties
in health care, technology, media, telecommunications, and financial services. Mr.
Mignone serves as a trustee of the New York University
Langone Medical Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Harvard College
and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.